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From Hamlet Act I Scene 3
By William Shakespeare

(To go with the survey below...)

There ... my blessing with thee!
And these few precepts in thy memory
Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportion'd thought his act.
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatch'd, unfledg’d comrade. Beware
Of entrance to a quarrel but, being in,
Bear't that th' opposed may beware of thee.
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice;
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgement.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man;
And they in France of the best rank and station
Are of a most select and generous chief in that.
Neither a borrower, nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell; my blessing season this in thee!


Friday Five:

1. What do you most want to be remembered for?

I don't think there's any one thing. This is going to sound terribly trite but I would like my friends to remember me as loyal, my family to remember me as someone they liked being related to, my children to remember me as someone who helped them grow up to be whoever they're going to be, my colleagues to remember me as someone who did good work and was enjoyable to be around. It would be nice to think I'll be remembered for making a difference in something somewhere, but the rest would be enough.

2. What quotation best fits your outlook on life?
"God, whose name I do not know, thank you for my life. I never realized how big..." (Tom Hanks in Joe vs. the Volcano)

3. What single achievement are you most proud of in the past year?
Getting through a horrific situation involving one of my kids with my sanity intact, and not having tried to kill the person responsible.

4. What about the past ten years?
Keeping a balance between parenting and doing work that means something to me.

5. If you were asked to give a child a single piece of advice to guide them through life, what would you say?
To quote Shakespeare, "This above all: to thine own self be true..."


Pointed out by lexluvsclark, this wonderful interview with Michael Rosenbaum in which he speaks of Lex's loves delightfully freely of gender restrictions.

Gacked from meanarose:


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